#HoyasForShe Kickoff

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If you were in Red Square last week, you probably saw a big tent set up for the very first HeForShe photo campaign. President DeGioia signed on as one of ten University IMPACT Champions last year, and the photo campaign kickstarted the effort to bring the movement from an institutional level to the student level. We had over 100 students and faculty make a #HoyasForShe commitment for gender equality on campus in honor of our partnership with HeForShe.

colorWhat is HeForShe?

HeForShe is a movement started by UN Women and UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson to promote gender equality worldwide. To start the program, UN Women involved 10 university presidents, 10 CEOs, and 10 Heads of State to promote gender equality and raise awareness in their respective institutions. Learn more by visiting the HeForShe website.

How is Georgetown/GUSA involved?

Georgetown is one of 10 IMPACT universities globally to take on the project of gender equality. Last year, President DeGioia signed on and has stated his goals for Georgetown in this regard, by strengthening the Institute for Women, Peace, and Security as well as the Georgetown Women’s Alliance. Another priority for President DeGioia is ensuring the safety of women on campus.

fighter.jpgThis past summer, GUSA Vice President Chris Fisk as well as GUSA Communications members Natalia Peña, Kevin Durham, and Angela Caprio coordinated with the President’s Office and the team behind Georgetown HeForShe to increase visibility of HeForShe for students. We achieved this through the photo campaign in Red Square and pamphlets that were included as part of the NSO welcome packets. We will be continuing our efforts through a video campaign later in the semester and another photo campaign at the TedxGeorgetown event on October 22. Learn more on our Facebook page.

What other universities are IMPACT champions?

Georgetown is one of 2 IMPACT Universities in the United States. The other is Stony Brook University in New York. The other universities include: University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), University of Oxford (United Kingdom), University of Waterloo (Canada), Sciences Po (France), University of São Paolo (Brazil), University of Leicester (United Kingdom), University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong), and Nagoya University (Japan).

natasha.jpgHow do I get involved?

The HeForShe movement is continuing to grow on campus, and we want as many voices as possible. Fill out our Google Form if you have any interest being involved on a committee, joining our video campaign, or simply receiving updates from HeForShe throughout the year.

 

 

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What GUSA Has Done So Far…

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Welcome (back) Hoyas! While you were at home, studying abroad, working, interning, or hanging out this summer, GUSA has been hard at work to improve your experience here on the Hilltop. Here’s the lowdown of everything we accomplished the past couple of months:

LeosDining: GUSA has helped secure the implementation of a meal exchange program for non-Leo’s food options on campus. For the first time ever, your meal swipes work at restaurants in the Leavey Center — SubwayCosiElevation Burgerand Salad Creations — after 3pm! To help cut down on wait times, you can also now use the app Tapingo to pre-order your meals from all Aramark retail locations on campus for pick-up. In addition to this, GUSA participated in a week-long presentation process to start the selection process for a new dining provider. Since arriving back on campus, GUSA has worked to keep the pasta line available at Leo’s for dinner. GUSA is in the process of organizing open houses and a town hall for students to interact with the potential new dining vendors before the new dining contract is signed. We want to ensure that students have a say in the dining contract negotiation process!

Housing: Since saving Brown House this spring, GUSA has secured the senior right to live off-campus and committed the university to create a timeline to renovate current apartments and dorms. We also helped finalize a 2017-2036 Campus Plan that reflects student interests. Renovations are prioritized over new construction, and students have permanent representation on the Georgetown Community Partnership, including a new student co-chair for the Safety and Student Life Working Group.

Socioeconomic Inclusivity: GUSA partnered with the Corp to provide summer storage for Georgetown Summer Fellows and Community Scholars.  GUSA also pushed the university to permanently cover the cost of housing to independent, homeless, and students otherwise without a place to return over Winter Break. GUSA also spearheaded a textbook-drive last spring and collected over 200 books to add to the CMEA’s library of rentable textbooks for students. GUSA also expanded the GUSA Summer Fellows for this past summer by five students.

GUTSTransportation: GUSA continued to push for a more substantial weekend GUTS bus service schedule. We continued to work with the city of Washington to pursue a student metro and bus pass. GUSA also launched an Uber pilot last spring and will continue efforts to plan another pilot for later this fall semester. Furthermore, we have gotten the University to commit to re-routing GUTS bus routes for university breaks this year, which includes direct trips to Reagan National Airport (DCA). We also created a comprehensive DC transportation guide that was distributed to new students at NSO.

Sexual Assault: After putting information on sexual assault response services on GoCards last spring, this summer GUSA created a sexual assault task force under the Office of the President. The task force will focus on bystander intervention amongst other improvements to current campus policies and procedures. Furthermore, GUSA worked with the University to provide free CAPS counseling for a semester, starting this academic year. GUSA also pushed Student Affairs to hire a staff member to focus on Bystander Intervention training.

IMG_9434Racial and Cultural Inclusivity: GUSA began planning a campus-wide “Culture Day” for early October (stay tuned!).

Accessibility: GUSA signed onto the creation of a new full-time position at the Academic Resource Center with commitments to hire additional staff in coming years. In addition, an emergency response system was created with Facilities Management to immediately respond to accessibility/Americans with Disabilities Act issues on campus.

Sustainability: GUSA will be creating a formal academic recommendation regarding sustainability after evaluating environmental academic programs of Georgetown’s peer institutions this summer. GUSA also hosted a Sustainability Fashion Show and the Georgetown Day Cup (with the Corp) this past spring.

reissAcademics: GUSA helped finalized the 2017-2036 Campus Plan that includes the renovation or replacement of Reiss and construction of new academic space elsewhere.

Student Activities: GUSA began a collaborative project with The Corp and GUASFCU that aims to establish a platform for alumni to donate directly to student groups and initiatives.

Arts: The HFSC calendar is now available for performing arts groups to reserve spaces starting this fall. GUSA also hosted the first ever Arts Forum (more to come!) and a Hoya Roundtable focused on the arts.

Communications:  GUSA created this blog to increase transparency within GUSA and make the day-to-day operations of GUSA more accessible to the student body. Get to know our team by reading our summer series Inside Georgetown, which includes great information for both current and new students alike. Just click the category link on the right of this page!

DC/Federal Relations: GUSA helped expand the Student Leadership Alliance to over 30 university student associations (and counting)! We supported efforts for DC Statehood with working groups through the Mayor’s Office as well as testifying at the DC Constitutional Convention. We also organized events in DC for current students and alumni, including a 5K on September 17 to raise money for an underfunded school in Southeast DC. In addition to this, we submitted a testimony to ease access to driver’s licenses for immigrants and worked on education legislation. We also organized a mental health awareness campaign during finals week.

Bringing Brown House Back to Students

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Recently, the administration has removed Brown House as an option for student housing and will instead be used as a house for a high-profile administrator or faculty member.

Aside from the obvious impact on the Georgetown social scene, this change raises a number of concerns about campus planning, as listed on the Save Brown House Facebook event by GUSA Deputy Chief of Staff Ari Goldstein.

  1. This block of N Street is the last remaining block of students-only housing in the neighborhood.
  2. This change removes 8 student beds, a further reduction in non-dorm housing options near campus.
  3. The previous campus plan removed 18 student townhouses that became faculty housing–allowing Brown House to become faculty housing will set a dangerous precedent.
  4. Money will be spent to renovate a house for an administrator rather than spend money for much-needed renovations to many student residences.
  5. GUSA has formally signed the petition as well as over 1000 students.
  6. The administration converting Brown House into faculty or administrator housing was not discussed in conversations about townhouse conversion in the fall.
  7. We are aiming not only to bring Brown House back to students, but also pushing back against putting faculty into student housing.
  8. The Provost’s Office has since agreed to look at other options, but there has been no clear commitment in regards to giving Brown House back to students.

Check out the Save Brown House Facebook Event

 

Read the The Hoya Article

 

Welcome to the brand-new GUSA blog

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You never have to wonder again what GUSA is doing to help their fellow Hoyas. Here you will find new posts daily with news and information directly from the various policy teams on how they’re trying to make your life at Georgetown even better and how you can get involved!

If there’s a specific issue that you’re passionate about, click on the Policy Team category links on the right side of the page to see only posts from that specific policy team.

Welcome & don’t forget to like our Facebook page for updates!